MI Monday | Parental Involvement in Student Tracking
Welcome to MI Monday | Week 9
Parental Involvement has positive effect on children’s learning and development. According to the researchers ( Henderson and Berla,1994), “the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student’s family is able to: Create a home environment that encourages learning;Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers;Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.
In this regard, today we share a micro-innovation which recognises the need of parents and teachers to work together towards child’s development. The joint engagement not only provides a accountability to parents, but also matches parents and teachers expectations from their children.
Majeediya Madarsa-e-Jadeed is one of the schools run by Majeediya Trust. It caters to the Muslim community around North Ghonda in Seelampur and is a co-education institution.
Iram, the headteacher of the school, noticed that parents of children at Majeediya (many of whom are illiterate day labourers who received no education themselves) are not always engaged in supporting their children’s
education, or were unaware of how to do so effectively.
In order to engage parents in their children’s education and to align parents and teachers, evaluations of children’s behaviour at home (based on expectations agreed by the school and parents) are included in a ‘tracker’ maintained by the school.
This micro-innovation is interesting because it recognises the need for parents and teachers to work together to support a child’s education. It is based on the fact that parental belief in and support for education is an important determinant of educational success for children.
Potential implementation challenges
The initial engagement of parents will need to be successful and the parents will need to be provided very clear explanations as to how they should assess their child.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Iram reports that parents now feel joint responsibility for their children’s education and recognise that their role in supporting their children is important.
Download the implementation guide for Parental Involvement in Student Tracking.
Engage Parents, and help children learn better!